I recent­ly bought a Mac­book Pro to help me at work and when I go back to school…eventually, turns out larg­er insti­tu­tions pre­fer to work with either Win­dows or Mac. Lin­ux seems to get left by the way­side. This is strange to me, as I work in web devel­op­ment and near­ly all the servers I deal with are run­ning one fla­vor or anoth­er of Lin­ux. I don’t know, maybe the com­mand line scares some peo­ple.

At any rate, see­ing as I have been Win­dows-free for going on 15 years now I bought a Mac. I liked my first Mac, and still have it. Aside from one hard­ware prob­lem, it’s worked very well over the years and trav­eled across a con­ti­nent with me. The Win­dows machine we had before that had to be rebuilt a few times and kept break­ing despite the rebuilds, it remind­ed me of a Yugo in that regard. So, I am hap­pi­ly remain­ing Win­dows free…except for when my job requires me to test in Inter­net Explor­er. I shud­der at the mere thought of it.

All is not lost though, as I am now armed with Par­al­lels and can swap between Win­dows and OSX with a sim­ple hotkey com­bi­na­tion. Now I can test to see exact­ly where my code will inevitably break in IE and prompt­ly cor­rect the prob­lem, usu­al­ly with a [if IE] fix. You know your brows­er has prob­lems when you have to build your own if state­ment just to deal with prob­lems that will invari­ably arise. Be that as it may, I can test in two OSes and two dis­tinct­ly, or even OS-spe­cif­ic, browsers with ease now.

Make no mis­take, I am by no means a “Mac guy” and have no inten­tion of get­ting rid of Lin­ux. That pen­guin has taught me much and stood by me over man years. You don’t just toss aside a good friend because the “new” has worn off. This is just an eas­i­er to use set up for the “cor­po­rate world” and for school. But at least I now have all my bases cov­ered. I’d give BSD a shot, but I have things set up just so and I don’t want to go mess­ing with “per­fec­tion”, as it were. So, I’ll be stick­ing with the big three (Lin­ux, OSX, and…blech Win­dows).

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